Discover: Forgotten French Naturalist Painters

Bridgeman is delighted to announce it is now representing Chester Collections. This unique organization specializes in managing private art collections and strives to bring to light this overlooked group of painters. 

 

On the Plateau La Platte, Dieulefit, 1946 (oil on cardboard), Victor Ferdinand Bourgeois, (1870-1957) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Lucas Olivet, Geneva
On the Plateau La Platte, Dieulefit, 1946 (oil on cardboard), Victor Ferdinand Bourgeois, (1870-1957) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Lucas Olivet, Geneva

 

Painters of Nature

Chester Collections is a unique organisation that specialises in the tailored management of private art collections. As well as helping to curate exhibitions and offer expert opinions on pieces of art, they focus on exploring and bringing to light forgotten or over-looked artists from the first half of the 20th Century.

In particular, we are excited to highlight this collection of naturalist painters who were responsible of a renewal and extension of landscape painting style.

Inspired by Impressionism

The artists featured in the Chester Collections are a group of French Naturalist painters, born after the 1870s - the era in which Impressionism flourished. Paul Deltombe, René Fontayne, Edmond-Édouard Lapeyre, Victor-Ferdinand Bourgeois, Henri-Alexandre Sollier, Lucien Vogt, Gaston Balande, André-Leon Vivrel, and Emile Colinus continued Impressionist principles.

By painting en plein-air and focusing on the beauty of nature, they developed their work in keeping with the contemporary movements of their day.

The images, mainly painted between the two world wars, form a body of work which highlights the beauty and harmony of nature in the 20th cenutry, while exploring new effects and innovations in landscape painting.

 

The Alpilles at Eygallières (Bouche-du-Rhône) (oil on canvas), Emile Colinus, (1884-1966) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Lucas Olivet, Geneva
The Alpilles at Eygallières (Bouche-du-Rhône) (oil on canvas), Emile Colinus, (1884-1966) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Lucas Olivet, Geneva

 

 

The Port of Honfleur (oil on canvas), Emile Colinus, (1884-1966) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Lucas Olivet, Geneva
The Port of Honfleur (oil on canvas), Emile Colinus, (1884-1966) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Lucas Olivet, Geneva

 

A Bright New Era

The vibrancy and colour of their landscapes brings a fresh look at French landscape painting and an insight into life and fashions of the time - in particular, Lapeyre's series of women on the beach or Vivrel's Breton women at work.

The painters explored the rivers, mountains, coastline, and cities of France to bring landscape painting into a bright new era. The Chester Collections are currently holding an exhibition of fifty works by this group of artists, including views of Switzerland and Lake Geneva by Gaston Balande and Victor-Ferdinand Bourgeois.

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Woman with a Chinese parasol sitting on the beach, 1925 (oil on panel), Edmond-Edouard  Lapeyre (1880-1960) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Jean Genoud SA, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne
Woman with a Chinese parasol sitting on the beach, 1925 (oil on panel), Edmond-Edouard Lapeyre (1880-1960) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Jean Genoud SA, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne

 

 

Woman with Fish, 1920 (oil on canvas), Andre-Leon Vivrel, (1886-1976) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Jean Genoud SA, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne
Woman with Fish, 1920 (oil on canvas), Andre-Leon Vivrel, (1886-1976) / Private Collection / © Chester Collections / Jean Genoud SA, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne

 


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